We are winding down our winter sports season coverage, but before we say goodbye to the winter season we still have some business to take care of. Today, we take a look at the top 5 girl’s basketball games of the 2015-2016 campaign.
The Pirates enjoyed a 22-7 season, a Freedom crown, and played as the one-seed in the South, Group 2 Tournament, advancing to the sectional semifinals.
Per the norm, we begin our Top 5 countdown with number five:
#5: Cinnaminson (41) vs Bordentown (38) January 14
In their ninth game of the season the Pirates welcomed Freedom rival Bordentown to town for a key divisional contest. The Pirates were already 2-0 in the division and were looking to remain undefeated. Cinnaminson trailed 22-17 at the break, but used a 16-7 fourth quarter to secure the 41-38 victory thanks to a last-second bucket from junior Anne O’Malley. O’Malley scored with 10 seconds left on the clock to give the Pirates a 39-38 lead. Cinnaminson would hit two free throws to seal the deal at 41-38 as Bordentown missed its final shot (only a two-point attempt thanks to the Pirates defense).
#4: Cinnaminson (36) vs Moorestown (25) February 2
Looking for their 12th win of the year and ninth in a row, the Pirates hosted Moorestown on February 2 for a BCSL contest. It was not a good day for offense as both teams combined for just 61 points, 25 of them came from Moorestown as the Pirates picked up a 36-25 victory. You read that right; Moorestown scored just 25 points total in four quarters. The Quakers failed to break double-digits in points scored in any of the four quarters. Cinnaminson sealed the deal with a 12-4 third quarter.
#3: Cinnaminson (41) at Holy Cross (37) February 17
The second of two meetings with Holy Cross this season was for the Freedom Division crown as the Pirates were looking for their second straight title and third in four years. Cinnaminson went into hostile territory and came home with a 41-37 win and the division title. The Pirates finished the year with a 7-1 mark in the Freedom, sweeping the season series with the Lancers. The game was a tight battle from start to finish as free throws were the difference for the Pirates in the win as multiple players converted shots from the foul line facing the rowdy home crowd.
#2: Cinnaminson (61) vs Willingboro (53) February 23
Willingboro came to town towards the end of the regular season as the Pirates celebrated senior night and prepared for a major milestone. Senior Marisa DiLeo was just three points sway from reaching 1,000 for her career. She netted all three points from the free throw line and the celebration ensued. DiLeo became the first female in program history to score 1,000 points and connect on 100 three-pointers in her career. She is also just the fourth female to score 1,000 points in a career at the school. The 61-53 drubbing of Willingboro was the 20th win of the year for the Pirates.
#1: Cinnaminson (40) vs Lower Cape May (29) March 3
The second round of the playoffs were held at Cinnaminson on March 3 as the #1 Pirates hosted #8 Lower Cape May. It was a struggle early on for the Pirates to score, leading just 9-5 after the first and trailing 15-11 at halftime. A 29-14 run in the second half gave Cinnaminson a 40-29 victory. The win propelled the Pirates to the semifinals of the South, Group 2 Tournament and was their 22nd, tying a program record for wins in a season.
Tomorrow we will bring you the Winter Track Season Review and the Top 5 Winter Track Meets of 2015-2016.
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